DALLAS, TX (7/27/01) ? Sophomore Jameer Nelson was one of 12 players named to the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Team. The squad, made up of college players born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, will compete Aug. 3-12 in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men in Saitama, Japan. "This was an extremely difficult decision. I told the players that no one on this team deserved to be cut. I wish we could take all 13 finalists to Japan, however, in international basketball only 12 players are allowed to compete," said USA World Championship For Young Men head coach and Syracuse University mentor Jim Boeheim."Our progress has been good and we've come together very quickly, but we still have a lot of work to do before the start of the World Championship For Young Men. " "This championship is very tough every four years and we'll see the best in the world in this age bracket and it will be a challenge for us. When USA Basketball goes to play in any championship, there's really only one medal you're looking at - the gold medal," added Boeheim of the expectations for his team." Besides Nelson, the other members of the USA World Championship For Young Men Team are: Troy Bell (Boston College); Carlos Boozer (Duke); Caron Butler (Connecticut); Nick Collison (Kansas); Brian Cook (Illinois); Chris Duhon (Duke); Reggie Evans (Iowa); Dahntay Jones (Duke); Jason Kapono (UCLA); Michael Sweetney (Georgetown) and Marcus Taylor (Michigan State). Assisting Boeheim, Syracuse's successful and long-time head coach, will be Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli and Ernie Kent of the University of Oregon . During its July 22-26 training in Dallas, the USA team posted victories in two exhibition games. The U.S. squad easily defeated Lithuania 113-66 on July 25, then recorded an 87-77 comeback win over Yugoslavia on July 26. Nelson averaged four points in the two games, while leading the team in minutes played 19.0 average, and assists (8).
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